Surfing Holidays in Cornwall

24 February 2021

Cornwall is renowned for surfing and your holiday is not complete without having fun trying to ride the waves. With around 400 miles of coastline, Cornwall is a favourite destination for surfers and watersports enthusiasts heading to the sea. With many sandy beaches and coves to choose from Tregedna Lodge is just a short walk from one of the county's safe surfing beaches, Maenporth Beach, near Falmouth.

There is a surf school based at Maenporth Beach, Falmouth Surf School offering group surf lessons, a surfing kids club for children age 8-12 years, surf lessons for the over 50s, private surfing lessons and stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) lessons. Surfing lessons are suitable for beginners upwards and will teach you the basics of surfing and getting the feel of the board before you venture into the water. Depending on the surfing conditions, you may also travel to Cornwall's north coast for surfing at Fistral Beach in Newquay.

There are other watersports to try at Maenporth too including:

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Stand Up paddle-boarding (SUPing) is popular, great fun and suitable for people of all ages and experience. It takes a little practice to stand up but can also be enjoyed kneeling on the board whilst you get the hang of it. Maenporth Beach is a good location for SUPing as it enables you to explore the local coastline around Falmouth Bay.  

Tregedna Lodge provides self catering holidays for large groups so if your surfing group fancies an organised holiday in Cornwall, get in touch for more details.

Beach Safety

Of course when you're visiting the beach to either swim, surf or even build sandcastles, it is important that you know the high tide times and understand how this affects access to rockpools etc. The water can come in quickly, especially during spring tides and it can take people by surprise.

This interactive website provided by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) highlights the danger of water and just how unpredictable it can be.

If you're in the water using an inflatable toy, it is also important to be aware of the wind direction - an offshore wind can sweep you away from shore quickly.

If you do see someone in trouble in the water, call 999 and ask for the coastguard. coastguard.


If you're a surfer or a surfing enthusiast, I'm sure you imagine the bigger the waves the better, but we must also be aware that waves can be dangerous in certain conditions.

If you're a surfing beginner, it is advisable to stick to shallower water and ensure that you can always touch the bottom - you'll have just as much fun in the waves and be safer too.